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Opeth concert. 9/27

2008-10-01 05:43:17 by DiscoveryOne

keep in mind, I was still kind of high

When it came to metal, especially the likes of Death/Black Metal, I am usually one that is pretty lost in the dark. I have no real opinion on a lot of it and have no real experience to list for explanations to why I feel a way about the genre. But after seeing Opeth, possibly the most popular metal band in the world, I can say that it changed my mind. Opeth was absolutely staggering, something that I could find hard to put into words. Hell, there was more to it than heavy riffs and other things that were heavy/metal. There was a real talent, and an art to the whole thing. The problem with metal is that most of the fans that follow it religiously are total fucktards and seem to be willing to be different while hanging out with people just like them and conforming to the same asshole thoughts and assumptions as fans of any other genre of music. So they're not very congruous bastards, but they know what they love, and that is hair, spiky things, pale skin, tits, the color black and a shared hatred of soap. While there is nothing wrong with having idols that seem diametrically opposed to looking like anything other than the Swedish part of the Manson family, who were apparently some sort of sub-sect of humans resembling partially shaved bears; not many would seem willing to pay attention to them.

Metal, however, is something that is different. Especially something like Opeth, which I do truly think is one of the more novel musical experiences I have heard in the past couple of years. The others being: A Tribe Called Quest, Kaizers Orchestra and Gogol Bordello. But Mikael of Opeth really is a good example of a musician and a vocalist. Not only does he play the guitar, but also overcomes the horrible hereditary affliction of a ridiculous accent that plagues so many other Swedes. With such a triumph, he is able to sing very well, speak in a many that doesn't sound like a certain chef, and is able to seemingly instantaneously drop his vocal range to, literally, the fifth and seventh circles of hell, respectively. Being in choir for the good majority of my life, I still am baffled as to how somebody could produce something so deep from vocal chords. Not only was it amazing to hear, but the fact that the growling in the songs brings anyone but Mikael Åkerfeldt to mind.

Something else that is worth mentioning is that everyone should go to a concert once in their life where they can literally feel the songs through their body. There is no other feeling like it. Plus, I still retain that Opeth and other metal bands probably have the best drummers and guitarists in the business. To watch the progress of these musicians playing and changing to entirely different tones and other forms of dissonance is simply staggering. The amount of work, and liquor, that must go into having such a great understanding of the instruments is something to be respected. To try and wrap this up, Opeth now joins my list of artists that assure me that music isn't completely shitting all over itself in this day and age. Now I can't really remember what it is that put me off to the genre beforehand. Oh right, Johnny McColumbine with his overweight girlfriend, both whiter than an snowman with a bukkake fetish. Still, I have a new respect for the bands of the genre and look forward to listening to more of them in the future. Particularly Opeth, because I greatly enjoyed their music, and Mikael and his band mates were refreshingly funny and seemed sincere. Not only did they realize the implications for what it meant to be in a metal band, but they didn't seem like the pricks commonly associated with the genre.

So, Opeth is a metal band. Much like any other genre, the majority of the music is a bunch of, to quote the phrase, 'bullshit and chips.' The final question I ask myself is, "Does Opeth belong in this branch of shitty metal and other generally terrible music?"

short answer, no.

long answer, nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo